An extra consultation event over the future of Manston airport will be held in Birchington

An RSP graphic of Manston airport

An extra consultation session will be held by the company proposing to reopen Manston airport as a cargo hub.

RiverOak Strategic Partners’ is proposing to reopen Manston Airport as an air freight hub with associated business aviation and passenger services.

The consultation fulfils a number of requirements set out in the Planning Act 2008, allowing RiverOak to refine its proposals before submitting an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate.

Seven public consultation events have already taken place with two more booked in for today and tomorrow at Minster and then Acol but a further one has now been added to take place in Birchington on July 3.

It will be held at The Centre in ALPHA Road from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Copies of all consultation documents are available from and at these public libraries during their normal opening hours:

Birchington, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Deal, Herne Bay, Margate, Minster-in-Thanet, Newington, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Westgate.

As the full Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is a very large document, it will only be available in full at Deal, Herne Bay and Margate libraries. A non-technical summary will be available at all libraries, at the seven consultation events and on the RSP website, as part of an Overview Report.

SHP Plans

The site is owned by Stone Hill Park which has submitted a masterplan  to Thanet council for  2,500 homes; an advanced manufacturing focused business park; sports and recreational facilities, with the former runway becoming the focal point for a network of parkland, trails and outdoor space, and a ‘heritage hub’ at the site.

Stone Hill Park says it expects its planning application for the site to be examined by Thanet council later this year.

Stone Hill Park’s plans can be viewed here